When I meet somebody, and reach my hand out to shake their hand, something ridiculous always happens: I’m too caught up in noticing how they shake my hand that I miss their name. It drives me nuts, and is extremely embarrassing when I then have to introduce that person to someone else.
Well, a couple Saturdays ago, I was out with my boyfriend, and he told me something that kind of blew my mind: guys will change their handshake depending on who they’re meeting.
So, if a Dad is meeting his daughter’s boyfriend, he’ll give an extra firm, I’ll-break-your-fingers handshake, but if he’s meeting his boss’ wife, he’ll give a much softer, I-respect-you kind of shake. This makes sense, right? I am always taken aback when a grown man gives me a meek, loosey goosy handshake, but it might be because he’s trying to be nice?
The thing is: my handshake doesn’t change. I think I would shake the President’s hand the same way I’d shake your hand. Am I missing something here?!
Cartoon by Greenberg.